The presidents of the three audiovisual councils, which are independent audiovisual regulation authorities in Catalonia, Andalusia and the Valencian Community, have criticized this Thursday the audiovisual bill that they consider centralist. In addition, the three have pointed out that the text limits the autonomic competences and leaves in the hands of self-regulation the means and systems for the protection of disinformation, hate speech, discrimination or the rights of minors who, until now, were carried out by these advice.
In a joint telematic press conference, the president of the Audiovisual Council of Andalusia, Antonio Checa; that of the Consell de l’Audiovisual de Catalunya (CAC), Roger Loppacher; and that of the Valencian Community Audiovisual Council, José María Vidal, have appealed for the amendments, during the parliamentary process, to correct the text to adapt the distribution of powers to the autonomous state. Allies? The three presidents have agreed that their main ally is the citizenry but also all political parties because, if they exclude the communities, it would be going against the Constitution itself, as Vidal has said. “The allies should be all the parties because the allegations correspond to the distribution of powers of the Constitution”, has affected Loppacher.
The three offer their experience in audiovisual regulation and consider it necessary to establish a principle of collaboration between the state authority and the regional authorities, “recognized in the legal framework and customary among the audiovisual authorities of other decentralized states, such as German or Belgian”, as detailed in the joint statement issued. In this way, the model, in addition to being in line with a decentralized State, would allow the optimization of resources.
“The councils have extensive experience and experience”, as Loppacher has said in reference to the system for controlling the risk of harmful content. Territorial regulators are assigned, by law, the mission of ensuring the rights of people in the audiovisual field. For this reason, they consider that centralizing them in the National Market and Competition Commission, as proposed by the bill, “would mean cutting back on the capacity for action and autonomic powers on issues as relevant as the protection of minors, hate speech , covert advertising, misinformation or provisions relating to cultural diversity ”in television audiovisual communication services on demand and video exchange platforms. In addition, both Loppacher and Checa and Vidal have highlighted that they already work in territories that add up to 21 million people, 45% of the total population, while the president of the CAC has highlighted the “especially serious” fact that it is services that constitute one of the main sources of audiovisual consumption by citizens.
In addition, they have indicated that, in the same way that the platforms are going to dedicate a part to financing RTVE due to the displacement of advertising, the autonomous public televisions should also receive a part depending on the population or population and the audience.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.